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Schools in PortugalThis list gives you a snapshot overview of schools in and outside of Lisbon that are considered by English-speaking expats... and that are sometimes chosen by parents and sometimes not.  

If we haven't reviewed a school, it may only mean we haven't found enough parents yet to give us the reports that start our evaluation process, or enough positive information for that school to warrant a review.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.

Lisbon Schools Considered By Expats

Carlucci American International School of Lisbon

Rua António Dos Reis, 95, Linhó, 2710-301 Sintra

Tel: +351 21 923 9800
Fax: +351 21 923 9809
Email: [email protected]

US curriculum, with students taking IB diploma or high school diploma at 18.  Numbers have been climbing and now stand at 450, near capacity.  Staff turnover is high.

The International Christian School of Cascais

Avenida da Sintra, 1154, 2750-494 Cascais

Tel: +351 21 484 2279
Fax: +351 21 486 1860
Email: [email protected]

Small (under 60), and overtly evangelical Christian in character, this school is not for everyone, but mentioned because in the past has had a good reputation for helping SEN children.  Family owned; unaccredited or uninspected school, so no way of knowing from an arms length agency about the quality of teaching or fiscal soundness.The GSGI does not have enough positive information to consider for a visit or a review.

International Preparatory School 

Rua do Boror, 12, 2775-557 Carcavelos

Tel: +351 21 457 0149
Fax: +351 21 457 3501
Email: [email protected]

IPS follows the British national curriculum.  For ages 2-11, this is a feeder for St Julian's (see below).  With just 235 children, IPS specialises in providing a homely, safe atmosphere.  A move to a purpose-built new campus is planned for 2008.

St. Dominic's

Rua Maria Brown, 2785-816 São Domingos de Rana

Tel: 351 21 444 04 34 - 351 21 448 05 50
Fax: 351 21 444 30 72
Email: [email protected]

St Dominic's has 660 pupils from 3 -18 who follow the IB curriculum (in English) throughout.  Over 40 nationalities represented in the student body.

St. Julian's

Quinta Nova, 2776-601 Carcavelos

Tel: +351 21 458 5300
Fax: +351 21 458 5312
Email: [email protected]

The most popular school with British expatriates, with about 1,000 students aged 3 to 18.  It follows the British national curriculum and is the only local school to offer (I)GCSE's. Rather than A levels, students spend the last two years studying for their IB diploma.  55% of students are Portuguese.

There are also several small 'bilingual' Portuguese/English nursery/primary schools in the area.

Colégio Cachabiu

Rua Joaquim Ereira, 192, 2750-390 Cascais

Tel/fax: +351 21 482 2481

A small nursery/primary school near the centre of Cascais with an attractive playground.  The teaching language is English in the morning and Portuguese in the afternoon.  Several British families send their children here.

St. George's School

Avenida do Lidador, 322, S. João do Estoril, 2765 Estoril

Tel: +351 21 466 1774
Fax: +351 21 465 8128

A non-selective bilingual co-ed for children aged three to 13.  In a striking old villa once occupied by the American School (CAISL) with spacious gardens.

Not a school as such, but a useful resource for those with children with SEN:


Edifício Cadin, Estrada da Malveira, 2750-782 Cascais

Tel: +351 21 485 8240
Fax: +351 21 485 8250
Email: [email protected]
Web: (drop down the Home page to Summary in English, which will tell you to choose Quem Somos (which means"Who we are") from list on the left; once there, scroll down again until you reach the English summary)

CADIN is a unique resource, in the area if not in the whole of Portugal, for children with a wide range of special educational needs. It offers help to children with AD(H)D, autism spectrum, specific learning disabilities, epilepsy, dyslexia, etc.

It was set up just outside Cascais in 2003 in a purpose-designed building complete with colourful playground. (NB Parking nearby is tricky.)

The 40 staff members/consultants include SEN teachers, (child) psychologists, speech-, physical- and occupational therapists, pediatricians, child neurologists, a geneticist and a neuro-physiologist. Many speak English, and most are extremely helpful and supportive.

A sign of how desperately this type of place was needed, it has already helped over 5,000 families. There is no full-time programme: children come for periodic appointments, many of them after school if they are able to attend. Set up and supported by several local businesses as a charitable institution, it offers subsidies to those that cannot afford the fees so that it is within the reach of poor families in the Cascais area.

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